A couple of times I’ve chickened out (let my shyness come to the fore) and not said ‘Hi’ to people I could have, but on the whole I’ve done pretty well at this goal.
Sometimes it’s just a Hi and a smile.. (And invariably I get a smile back) ..other times it turns into a mini conversation.
I remember reading about transactional analysis and getting ‘strokes’. Perhaps this is my way of getting more ‘strokes’ than I’d normally get, which makes me feel better. Didn’t realise I was that selfish.
Whatever… it’s a nice way to break out of my shell.
I didn’t do it today (Had a nice lazy sunday – weather was rubbish too), but have done it on wed/thurs/fri. Thursday I chatted to this lovely old lady. Talked to a few randoms on friday (a couple of randoms, but nothing memorable) and was discussing wine with one lady while shopping on Saturday.
It’s relatively easy to do… Only once have I been too shy to strike up a conversation so far. (I just couldn’t do it)
It is really nice to have some sort of connection with a complete stranger. I think this’ll be easy to integrate into my day-to-day life.
Just a random “Hi!” to a stranger – no follow-on conversation or anything. Wasn’t completely random though as they were out the front of my building (at work). But it was still someone I didn’t know – and I would normally have walked past without saying anything…
Have had some other distractions and just didn’t think about this at all. My mind has been revving about other ‘stuff’. (Also, I bumped into people I knew so ended up talking to them)
Must make more of an effort tomorrow though. Shame my commute to work is only a 5 min walk sometimes… limited options there.